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  • adv. In a mawkish manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a mawkish way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a mawkish way.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a mawkish and emotional manner

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Examples

  • With Alfie and Kat away – the only reason they go on holiday is so that some time in the future Alfie can mawkishly recall how they stood on a seafront somewhere and resolved to grow old together while Kat, even beneath two coats of Cuprinol Forest Oak, visibly blanches at the prospect – Eddie and sons have taken centre stage.

    Daniel Maier's World of lather

  • Plot exists to reveal the mawkishly cute characters and situations (cute even in their occasional freakishness), but is otherwise so conventional as to be simply perfunctory.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Formula One followers, rather mawkishly, used to watch drivers cheat death, or fail in the attempt.

    Formula One, Integrity Nil: Ferrari and the worst brand of cheating

  • She much prefers hers to the mawkishly fishy version: "If I had ever had a love poem written as honestly and prettily about me, I would have wanted it to be read hundreds of years on."

    Tart with a cart? Older song shows Dublin's Molly Malone in new light

  • On the other hand I'll switch off if it's too ethereal, mawkishly sentimental, wishy-washy or embarrassingly half-baked so was delighted to find John O'Donohue's book Eternal Echoes - Celtic Reflections for £3 in Totnes last week and again the chance to find out for myself what I may have missed.

    Sunday Confessions

  • But while the Post tells us pretty much exactly what we're getting, which is moral outrage over the derailment of this strangely captivating and almost mawkishly public battle Ms. Fawcett is fighting for her life by a litigious creative partner, the News seems to be giving us a story we've heard before about someone we don't yet know to care about.

    Wood War: Who Wins Today's Grabby Tabloid Battle For Your Eyeballs?

  • Mercifully, no one interviewed Corinne herself on this most sensitive subject, and Clinton scored an easy point in the mawkishly personalized family-values debate when he said that if his own daughter became pregnant, he wouldn't "talk to the press about it."

    The Quayle Question

  • He was a young man, about eighteen, but already looked dissipated and unhealthy, with a mawkishly insolent grin on his unclean face, and an expression of fatigue in his swollen eyes.

    The Jew and other stories

  • This is a culture in which crackpots, like the gifted poet Sa`id `Aql, and "mawkishly sentimental" writers as Amin Rihani described the writings of Jubran Khalil Jubran who I intensely admired as a child, and mediocre "musicians" like Mansur Rahbani are treated as "philosphers."

    Sunday, July 31, 2005

  • Surely the ballot didn't need two badly written, mawkishly sentimental stories about a broken down person who is taught the importance of taking risks, living life to the fullest, and risking everything for love by a mysterious, yet apparently solid, apparition the ghost of the narrator's favorite author and Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter from Mars, respectively before they set off on an impossible quest that gives them purpose and hope.

    Archive 2005-08-01

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